Ideas for An Awesome High School Winterfest

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Start a new tradition on campus with a week-long Winterfest! This can include everything from dress-up themes for each day of the week to a pep fest and dance to the coronation of your Snow King and Queen. Here are some fun ideas to create a cool winterfest celebration at your high school.

Winterfest Spirit Week
After you have chosen the calendar week, form a committee of teacher and student volunteers and start brainstorming ideas for any or all of the following:


• Dress-up day themes (e.g., ‘80s day, twin day, pajama day)

• An overall theme for the week (e.g., Frozen, tropical theme, etc.)

• Ideas for a pep fest, contests, dance, parade, coronation, and other events

• A location for all the above

• Advertising for all winterfest events

Winterfest Pep Rally
Winterfest gets its name from the popular Pep Fest, so make sure a big pep rally that provides excitement for everyone is on schedule for the week. Pep Fest essentials include music from the campus band, cheerleaders, and fun games and contests (hula hoops, tug of war, walk the plank) for students…and teachers! It’s also a great time to crown your Winterfest royalty – Winter King, Queen, and Court.


Winterfest Parade
If you live in a state that doesn’t have a lot of snow, you can hold a Winterfest Parade in your local streets. Include parade floats with different themes (King and Queen candidates, rock and roll, etc.) to pump up excitement in your community. If the weather dictates that your parade stays indoors, create one float with an exciting theme in a big space, like your gymnasium, and use it as a photo op!


Winterfest Dance
Give your students one more reason to get excited during the week of Winterfest with a formal dance toward the end of the week. Your winter dance can have its own theme (casino, Hollywood, Paris, or winter) with fancy decorations, or it can simply be a big dance space with concessions, games, raffles, and more. No matter what you choose, make sure to focus on fun activities for everyone.


If you can’t fight winter, embrace it with an awesome Winterfest at your high school. A fun-filled Winterfest not only breaks up those long winter months, it brings your campus together and generates a lot of school pride. Use these fun ideas, and add some of your own, to create a cool winter celebration where school spirit is HOT, HOT, HOT!